Dogs guarding drugs stash

A Limerick man who used an Alsatian and a Rottweiler to guard cocaine and cannabis stashed in a boundary block wall at the back of his garden has avoided a jail sentence.

Dogs guarding drugs stash

Michael Considine, aged 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of drugs possession at his house on December 11, 2013, when gardaí searched his home after they received confidential information.

Detective Sgt Alan Cullen told the court gardaí from the divisional drugs unit called to Considine’s home at 100 Oliver Plunkett St, St Mary’s Park.

There, gardaí met the accused with his wife and son and found a small quantity of cannabis in a bag together with a weighing scale.

During a further search of the house and garden, gardaí who were assisted by divisional drug squad sniffer dogs, found a package of drugs concealed in a perimeter block wall in an area which was protected by Alsatian and Rottweiler dogs.

Cannabis worth in excess of €7,600 and cocaine worth more than €11,000 was found.

Considine said he was holding the drugs for 48 hours and that he would be given €200 for this.

It was accepted in court that Considine was “under certain duress and pressures” and that the smaller amount of drugs found in the house were for his own use.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was of concern the accused and his wife were the primary carer for their granddaughter as their daughter “has chronic heroin addictions”.

He said a recent probation report was “very comprehensive”, and the appropriate sentence was one of three years, suspended.

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